It’d be a challenge to find a better walk-on success story than the one of Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield.
The Sooners senior is a finalist once again for the Burlsworth Trophy, the award annually presented to college football’s most outstanding player who began his career as a walk on.
Memphis wide receiver Anthony Miller, Washington State quarterback Luke Falk and Wisconsin tight end Troy Fumagalli were also named finalists.
Mayfield is a two-time Burlsworth Trophy winner (2015, 2016) and could become the first player in the award’s short history to win three-consecutive times.
Mayfield is not a typical walk on, making his story all the more incredible. He walked on at Texas Tech in 2013 and started Week 1 as a freshman. He then transferred and walked on to Oklahoma shortly after Trevor Knight carved up the Alabama defense in the Sugar Bowl.
He’s become one of the most prolific passers in all of college football, throwing for 3,559 yards and 31 touchdowns this season with potentially 4-5 games remaining. He’s put Oklahoma in great position to crack the College Football Playoff top 4 and himself to win the Heisman Trophy.